Author Archives: Gaslamp Foundation

“History Talks!” Lecture : Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at 7 PM

Take a virtual road trip with us up the California Coast to Casa Romantica in the seaside town of San Clemente! Overlooking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, Casa Romantica is a classic Spanish Colonial Revival-style Cultural Center and Garden. Built in 1927, it was once the home of Ole Hanson, the Founder of the city of […]

Fall Back Festival

FALL BACK 2020 Is going Virtual! On November 1 at 11 AM join us on Facebook Live as we kick off our annual family-friendly Fall Back Festival virtually! For twenty years the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation has hosted Fall Back Festival, a family-friendly street faire that celebrates the history and culture of the Gaslamp Quarter. […]

Many Forms of Labor by Many Hands

Many wonder just exactly what a Labor Temple is. It is defined as an organization created for the purpose of improving conditions for those who work, including agricultural, educational, instructive and also, unions. The building is their “temple,” or meeting place. Throughout its long tenure, the Gaslamp’s Labor Temple Building has housed many of these, including unions for bartenders, cigar makers, theatrical employees , hod carriers and the Women Union Labor Leagues.

Maria Estudillo

  Maria Estudillo, as the wife of William Heath Davis, was the link between Old Town San Diego and New Town built on the bay.  Dona Maria de Jesus Telesfora de los Santos Reyes Estudillo was born in Santa Barbara, California on January 5,1829. Her parents were Juana Martinez and Don Jose Joaquin Estudillo.  In 1834, her father was elected the first alcalde (mayor) of Yerba Buena (San Francisco) where the family had moved, […]